New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

April 13, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The great pretenders

April 12, 2019
Kalpakian, Laura, author.
New York : Berkley, 2019.
376 pages ; 21 cm
Includes readers guide.
"Outraged by her grandfather's illicit affair with Empire Pictures' latest femme fatale, Roxanne Granville forsakes her position as Hollywood royalty and rejects the man who raised her, determined to strike out on her own. Backed by little more than the stubborn grit she inherited from her beloved grandmother, Roxanne sets up shop as a low-budget film agent for budding screenwriters. When an old friend, exiled from Hollywood and Empire Pictures by her grandfather for being a Communist sympathizer, begs for her help, Roxanne decides to right the wrongs committed by her family. It's what her grandmother would have wanted. Soon Roxanne finds herself at the helm of a lucrative business, having landed her secret clients a handful of major studio deals through willing frontmen. Her newfound freedom leads her to a passionate relationship with an African American journalist and jazz aficionado. But Hollywood is ruthless when it senses a scandal. How long will it take before all of Roxanne's success comes crumbling down?"-- Provided by publisher.

All eyes on Tommy Gunz. Part 3

April 11, 2019
Holloway, Warren, author.
209 pages ; 22 cm
"Knowing the Feds are closing in on him in Atlanta, Tom 'Tommy Guns' Anderson makes his way a little further south to the city of Miami, to lay low and make some new connections, so he can continue life the only way he knows how."--Back cover.

All eyes on Tommy Gunz. Part 4

April 11, 2019
Holloway, Warren, author.
213 pages ; 22 cm
"Now that his murder has been faked and he has escaped from prison, Tom 'Tommy Guns' Anderson is no more than a ghost to the American public. But that doesn't mean he is not still wanted. After pressure from the government agencies who supply the drugs for his empire to take Tommy down, Tommy's boss, Ramon Guzman, sets a trap for Tommy."--Back cover.

The legacy : keep the family close... : a novel

April 11, 2019
King, Joy Deja, 1978- author.
222 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes excerpt from the author's Men of the bitch series and the women who love them.
At head of title: A King Production presents...
"Allen Collins is the head of [a] drug empire and he grooms both his sons to control it with him. He wants to create a legacy for his family that will continue on from generation to generation. But in Allen's quest to leave a legacy, he has to first survive his biggest competition, which is the Hernandez family"--Back cover.

Before we were wicked

April 8, 2019
Dickey, Eric Jerome, author.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2019]
340 pages ; 24 cm
"Ken is twenty-one, hurting people for cash to try to pay his way through college, when he lays eyes on Jimi Lee, the woman who will change the course of his entire life. What's meant to be a one-night stand with the Harvard-bound beauty turns into an explosion of sexual chemistry that neither can quit. And when Jimi Lee becomes pregnant, their two very different worlds collide in ways they never could have anticipated"

They all fall down

April 4, 2019
Hall, Rachel Howzell, author.
New York : Forge, 2019.
318 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. Delighted by a surprise invitation, Miriam Macy sails off to a luxurious private island off the coast of Mexico, with six strangers--an ex-cop, a chef, a financial advisor, a nurse, a lawyer, a young widow. Surrounded by miles of open water in the gloriously green Sea of Cortez, Miriam is shocked to discover that she and the rest of her companions have been brought to the remote island under false pretenses--and all seven strangers harbor a secret. Danger lurks in the lush forest and in the halls and bedrooms of the lonely mansion. Sporadic cell-phone coverage and miles of ocean keeps the group trapped in paradise. And strange accidents keep them suspicious of each other, as one by one . . . They all fall down For fans of thrilling contemporary suspense like The Woman in Cabin 10, Rachel Howzell Hall's brilliant stand-alone novel modernizes and pays homage to Agatha's Christie's And Then There Were None, bringing a diverse cast of seven sinners to a private island for a reckoning that will leave you breathless"-- Provided by publisher.

Tomorrow's bread

April 2, 2019
Mayhew, Anna Jean, author.
284 pages : maps ; 21 cm
Includes a reading group guide.
From the author of the acclaimed The Dry Grass of August comes a richly researched yet lyrical Southern-set novel that explores the conflicts of gentrification--a moving story of loss, love, and resilience. In 1961 Charlotte, North Carolina, the predominantly black neighborhood of Brooklyn is a bustling city within a city. Self-contained and vibrant, it has its own restaurants, schools, theaters, churches, and night clubs. There are shotgun shacks and poverty, along with well-maintained houses like the one Loraylee Hawkins shares with her young son, Hawk, her Uncle Ray, and her grandmother, Bibi. Loraylee's love for Archibald Griffin, Hawk's white father and manager of the cafeteria where she works, must be kept secret in the segregated South. Loraylee has heard rumors that the city plans to bulldoze her neighborhood, claiming it's dilapidated and dangerous. The government promises to provide new housing and relocate businesses. But locals like Pastor Ebenezer Polk, who's facing the demolition of his church, know the value of Brooklyn does not lie in bricks and mortar. Generations have lived, loved, and died here, supporting and strengthening each other. Yet street by street, longtime residents are being forced out. And Loraylee, searching for a way to keep her family together, will form new alliances--and find an unexpected path that may yet lead her home.

Around Harvard Square

March 29, 2019
Farley, Christopher John, author.
288 pages ; 23 cm

The legacy part II : keep the family close... : a novel

March 29, 2019
King, Joy Deja, 1978- author.
215 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes excerpts from the author's Men of the bitch series and the women who love them, and Assassins, episode 1: Be careful with me.
At head of title: A King Production presents...
The prominent yet deadly Collins family is back in The Legacy Part 2. Patriarch Allen Collins, fights to maintain control over his family but the lengths he's willing to go, might prove detrimental. With betrayal, deception and distrust, it will take more than love, to keep the family close.

Cartier cartel. Part 4, Head games

March 27, 2019
Santiago, Nisa, author.
284 pages ; 22 cm
Includes reading group guide with discussion questions.
"Cartier is back from South Beach and anxious to begin the next chapter of her life with Head. She soon awakens from her love fantasy, however, and realizes that her dark knight isn't all he seems. With her love life on the rocks yet again, Cartier has a nightmare case of déjà vu that she must snap out of. Vowing to harden her heart for good this time, she redirects her energy to forming a new Cartier Cartel"--Back cover.

Murder with collard greens and hot sauce

March 27, 2019
Herbert, A. L., author.
284 pages ; 22 cm.
A Mahalia Watkins soul food mystery
Mahalia's Sweet Tea boasts the most flavorful soul food in all of Prince George's county, Maryland. But as events at the beauty industry's leading trade show turn ugly, owner Halia Watkins needs to bite into an unsavory new item on the menu--murder!

One warm winter

March 27, 2019
Pope, Jamie (Romance writer), author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2019.
344 pages ; 17 cm
Adopted as a child by a tech billionaire, Wynter Bates knows nothing about her origins--or the world, beyond being privileged, sheltered, and lonely. But she won't let anything stop her from investigating who she is. Especially after a high-profile scandal involving her father's past lands her on an island retreat under bodyguard Cullen Whelan's protection--in the guise of being his girlfriend . . . A former military intelligence officer, Cullen figures protecting a pampered heiress will be easy. Posing as a couple is the safest strategy--until Wyn's persistence and vulnerability spark his curiosity--and a reckless attraction neither can afford. More complicated, what Cullen knows about her past is a truth he can't tell. But as they get closer, wrenching revelations will force them to decide what to trust, who to forgive, and whether their growing love is enough to risk a future together --Back cover.

Full figured 13 : Carl Weber presents

March 21, 2019
Love, Mona, author.
249 pages ; 21 cm.
"Plus size divas"--Cover.
"Carl Weber presents."
A million dollars worth of fat / by Mona Love -- Complications / by Katt.
Complications: Secret Johnson used to be slim, but has put on weight after her two kids, straining her marriage to David. Is the doctor she finds who's willing to do weight-loss surgery on the cheap the answer, or is it too good to be true? And will Secret ever be able to reclaim the woman she used to be?

Love's broken vow

March 21, 2019
Honey, author.
298 pages ; 21 cm.
Nicholas Gregory is everything any woman could ever wish for in a man. He's towering in height, with a gorgeous milk chocolate complexion. Throw in that he's sexier than homemade sin and gainfully employed, and there's no doubt he's a certified keeper. So, why at age twenty-nine is he childless and a virgin? Stricken by a severe case of lust, Nicholas asks himself the same question when he meets the irresistible Royce Phillips, a nurse turned health-and-fitness mogul. Her chance emergence into his world is more catastrophic than any natural disaster. For the first time in his life, Nicholas rethinks the decision he made as a little boy to become a Catholic priest. The raw essence of Royce causes him to long for romantic love and the intimate touch of a woman - both forbidden pleasures he's vowed to never partake of. And since Royce isn't spiritually strong enough to lead him not into temptation, Nicholas begins living a double life. He's a righteous man in the pulpit, but night after night, he's anything but holy in Royce's bed. Will Nicholas and Royce continue to play an increasingly dangerous game tempting fate, or will their sizzling love affair end in heartbreak and disaster.

No honor amongst thieves : a hit man's tale

March 21, 2019
Brick, author.
236 pages ; 21 cm
Meet Marcel and Sabrina, a hitman and a bookkeeper for the Mob. They should have never met, let alone fallen in love. When they decide to go against the grain, all hell breaks loose. Somebody wants them dead; they just don't know who. It could be Leo, Marcel's jealous older brother; Othello, Sabrina's crooked father; or it could be The Family, a roundtable of the top contenders in the underworld. There is no honour amongst thieves. Marcel and Sabrina will find the truth of the old adage the hard way.

Not my type

March 21, 2019
Love, Taylor, author.
250 pages ; 22 cm
Mika lives the saying "carefree black girl" to the fullest. She has a interesting career, good friends, and money to do whatever she wants! What she doesn't have is a man of her own. Even so, she's not so desperate that she'll fall for Robert Lorde. While he may be tall, dark, and handsome, he's way too arrogant and boring to be her type. Robert likes his life to be predictable. While others see that as boring, he counts his blessings for the stability. As a financial investor, the last thing he needs is whirlwind Mika Harrison tearing through his life. Yet even his practical mind can't deny the chemistry they have. Will a little fun with her leave him with a headache...or even worse...heartache? Backcover.

Over the fence

March 18, 2019
Monroe, Mary, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Books, 2019.
326 pages ; 24 cm.

Night music

March 15, 2019
Thorne, Jenn Marie, author.
New York, NY : Dial Books, [2019]
394 pages ; 22 cm
"Ruby has always been Ruby Chertok: future classical pianist and daughter of renowned composer Martin Chertok. But after her horrendous audition for the prestigious music school where her father is on faculty, it's clear that music has publicly dumped her. Now Ruby is suddenly just ...Ruby. And who is that again? All she knows is that she wants away from the world of classical music for good. Oscar is a wunderkind, a musical genius. Just ask any of the 1.8 million people who've watched him conduct on YouTube--or hey, just ask Oscar. But while he might be the type who'd name himself when asked about his favorite composer and somehow make you love him more for it, Oscar is not the type to jeopardize his chance to study under the great Martin Chertok--not for a crush. He's all too aware of how the ultra-privileged world of classical music might interpret a black guy like him falling for his benefactor's white daughter. But as the New York City summer heats up, so does the spark between Ruby and Oscar. Soon their connection crackles with the same alive, uncontainable energy as the city itself. Can two people still figuring themselves out figure out how to be together? Or will the world make the choice for them?"--Inside dust jacket.

Even me

March 8, 2019
Stewart, Tanisha, author.
[Charleston, SC] : [CreateSpace], ©2016.
328 pages ; 23 cm
"PAIN ... HOPE ... CONFUSION ... LOVE? Not long after a group of college friends start their junior year, a series of events are set in motion that will change their lives forever ... Rondell is a good-looking, smart, confident young man who seems to have it all, but he hides the pain of his past. He grew up in the foster care system and experienced a series of traumatic incidents that rocked him to the core. He made it out of that life, but it hasn't let go of him yet. Faleesha has just transferred to this college to make a fresh start. She is focused on building her relationship with God and leading others to Christ, but she encounters many stumbling blocks--distractions, persecutions, drama, and a growing attraction to Rondell that excites her and scares her at the same time. Gesston has had enough. He's grown up in church, and Jesus is all he knows. He has friends but no girlfriend, a good reputation but no street cred. He meets Faleesha and is convinced she is the woman for him. Shelly's been in a number of relationships, none of them good. She's tired of players and wants true love, the kind of love her friend Rashonda has with Tyrone, but she just can't seem to find her soul mate. Then Gesston asks her out, and Shelly is sure that she has found the man of her dreams. But Gesston can't hide the truth forever, and everything unravels the more he tries."--Back cover.

Izzy + Tristan

March 6, 2019
Dunlap, Shannon, author.
New York ; Boston : Poppy, Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
324 pages ; 22 cm
In this modern retelling of the tragic romance of Tristan and Iseult, a two teenagers fall in love even though family, friends, and society threaten to keep them apart.

An unconditional freedom

February 19, 2019
Cole, Alyssa, author.
New York : Kensington, 2019.
270 pages ; 21 cm
"An assassination plot that could end the Civil War, and a hidden enemy that could destroy a secret league of unsung heroes ... Daniel Cumberland, born free in Massachusetts, studied law with dreams of helping his people--dreams that died the night he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Daniel is rescued, but he's a changed man. When he's offered entry into the Loyal League, the covert organization of Black spies who helped free him, he seizes the opportunity for vengeance against the Confederacy and those who support it. When the Union Army occupies the Florida home of Cuban Janeta Sanchez, daughter of an enslaved woman and the plantation owner who married her, her family's wealth does not protect her father from being imprisoned. Under duress and blaming herself for the arrest, Janeta agrees to infiltrate a group called the Loyal League as a double agent--and finds a cause truly worth the sacrifice. Daniel is aggravated by the headstrong and much too observant new detective he's paired with, and Janeta is intrigued by the broken but honorable man she is tasked with betraying. As they embark on a mission to intercept Jefferson Davis and thwart European meddling, their dual hidden agendas are threatened by the ghosts of their pasts and a growing affection that could strengthen both the Union and their souls--or lead to their downfall."--Back cover.

Trouble in Rio : a family business novel

February 18, 2019
Weber, Carl, 1964- author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2019]
234 pages ; 24 cm
"Rio Duncan is one of the youngest children of the Duncan clan. With no solid position in the family business like his other siblings, he has been feeling out of place and decides to disappear. Rio leaves his Duncan identity behind and goes on a search for friends and family who can relate to him. His destination is Baltimore, and he is sure to find what he is looking for in the city with a community like no other. There, he also finds unexpected trouble. Corey Grant is making a name for himself in Baltimore with an inherited drug empire and a complicated relationship with his right-hand man. With plenty on his plate, Corey has almost no time for the romance he wants with Dre, and he feels like they are growing apart. That brings about a jealousy and insecurity that he doesn't know how to control. Diana Black is Corey's girlfriend-for-hire, and she has a taste for bad boys. She is loyal to Corey's cause, but how long will that last? Rio's personality and flair instantly gains him entrance into Corey's circle. Rio says he's looking for friends, but Corey is sure that other motives are on the table. When Rio has a change of heart about his newfound crew, he needs an escape plan. There is one problem: his family doesn't know where he is. Did he inherit any of the ruthless traits he observed in his father and brothers? Can the most colorful Duncan son get out of Baltimore and back home safe and sound now that he's on his own?"-- From publisher's description.

The care and feeding of ravenously hungry girls

February 15, 2019
Gray, Anissa, author.
New York : Berkley, [2019]
294 pages ; 24 cm
The Mothers meets An American Marriage in this dazzling debut novel about mothers and daughters, identity and family, and how the relationships that sustain you can also be the ones that consume you. The Butler family has had their share of trials, as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest, but nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives. Althea, the eldest sister and substitute matriarch, is a force to be reckoned with and her younger sisters have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will. They are as stunned as the rest of the small community when she and her husband Proctor are arrested, and in a heartbeat the family goes from one of the most respected in town to utter disgrace. The worst part is, not even her sisters are sure exactly what happened. As Althea awaits her fate, Lillian and Viola must come together in the house they grew up in to care for their sister's teenage daughters. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family in a story that is as page-turning as it is important.-- Publisher's description.

American spy : a novel

February 13, 2019
Wilkinson, Lauren, 1984- author.
New York : Random House, [2018]
292 pages ; 24 cm
Marie Mitchell, a Cold War FBI intelligence officer, joins an undercover task force to undermine Thomas Sankara, the revolutionary Communist president of Burkina Faso, who she secretly admires and comes to love, in a novel inspired by true events.

Renee : all hail the queen

February 13, 2019
Davis, Brandie, author.
311 pages ; 21 cm
Molested by her stepfather and verbally abused by her mother, Renee channelled her pain into passion and became the most ruthless queen-pin New York has ever seen. Haunted by her past and unable to let go of what was, she struggles to achieve inner peace while inflicting mayhem on the streets of New York.


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